The golf tee is widely used to hold the stationary golf ball before a player can strike it by the golf club. Apart from golf, it is used in other sports as well such as Baseball, American football and Rugby. The tees are pinned inside the ground strongly enough so that they won’t be affected by the clubs.
The standard golf tee has a length of 2.12 inches. They resemble knitting nail with additional holder on the top where the ball is kept. The tees are usually made of sturdy materials such as wood and plastic. Many variants of the tees are available such as the longer tees (3 to 3.5 inches) and the shorter tees (2 to 2.5 inches). The longer tees provide additional height to the balls. It aids to perform a significant trajectory angle while striking the shot. The manufacturing materials are quite inexpensive due to their repeated use and hence won’t matter if they broke down during the matches.
The earliest golf tees had a flat surface to hold the balls. In 1889, the first patent of the tee was issued to Scotsmen William Bloxsom and Arthur Douglas. The first tee was composed with rubber holder and was patented in 1892. Then in 1899, the golf tee was improved with a wooden cone and a rubber sleeve. Later in 1920, the wooden tees were used with a wooden grip and a flared top. The new age tees are strong and durable to use.
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